Insignia™ - High-Definition 10.0MP Camcorder with 3" TFT-LCD Touch Screen - Black
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- Product NameHigh-Definition 10.0MP Camcorder with 3" TFT-LCD Touch Screen
- Model NumberNS-DV111080F
- Color CategoryBlack
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 year
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 year
- Product Width2.7 inches
- Product Height2.8 inches
- Product Weight0.725 pounds
- Product Length5.1 inches
Rating 3.4 out of 5 stars with 58 reviews(58 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome camcorder for the price
Awesome camcorder for the pricePosted .
I had the insignia pistol grip style camcorder now and decided to upgrade to this new 1080p model and i love it.Easy to use menu,the software it comes with to create your high def discs is awesome and easy to use as well.My only minor complaint is with the memory card slot which you have to open the camcorder screen to access.(I prefer to insert the memory card directly in my laptops card reader slot to download because my dog has a tendency to knock things like my camcorder over if i leave them on the coffee table too long.) I will be adding a video review soon that i will record using the new camcorder. :)I would recommend this to a friendSorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great mix of HD video and quality stills
Great mix of HD video and quality stillsPosted .
Has a little trouble focusing at maximum zoom, but closer in the pictures and video are both very high quality. Flash works great. Minor annoyance is that, when connected to my computer, I could not directly delete a file or power on the camera from USB power. So to delete a file, I have to actually insert the battery, power the camera on, and delete through the camera's UI.I would recommend this to a friendSorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great camera for the money
Great camera for the moneyPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've read a lot of reviews and I think people are missing the big picture. This is not an expensive camera. One has to judge it based upon the price paid. I got this for about 130 bucks when it was on sale. I think BestBuy normally has it for 170. I also have a flip (older 640x480) and a Kodak Zx1 (like Flip and 720P HD). I bought this camera because it has some features my others do not. It must have HD, like my Kodak, but it ALSO has OPTICAL zoom (digital is worthless) and image stabilization. Even though this camera is 1080P as opposed to 720P for my cheapo Kodak pocket camera, the Kodak, IMO, actually has better image quality outside. I think this is primarily because the Kodak is 60 frames per second as opposed to the Insignias 30 FPS. Why then am I giving it such a high rating? Because if you are inside, the quality is much better, it has optical zoom, it still has good HD (not great) and it has image stabilization. The image stabilization may lower the quality of the image but this is for compensation of shakey video. The image quality gets better the more still the camera is. Oh, this camera CAN do 720P so I should compare apples to apples but I didn't (720P in advanced mode). I was mainly concerned with 1080P. As for people complaining about the image stabilization not working; It works just fine. This isn't going to account for you filming from an earthquake site, but for basic human jitters while trying to hold it still or panning it does a GOOD JOB. Not great, but good. GREAT for the price. That is the key. If you move slowly, it compensates well. These people complaining about image stabilization need to film the same scene with a different camera or with this camera without image stabilization. It works just as expected. It can't compensate for large shakes because the can't interpolate between large, unknown, swaths of a scene. Nothing can. The optical zoom works great. This was a must for my HD camera purchase. I film my kids swim team events a lot and was the primary reason for the purchase. It even has this handy ticker that tells you when you are reaching the edge of optical zoom and are about to head into digital zoom territory. I've never had to do that as 12x optical is more than sufficient for my needs. The amount of features and control is nice, albeit a bit complicated and difficult to maneuver. There were lots I didn't know how to do, or didn't know existed, until I actually read the manual. Yes, I know, RTFM, but one should be able to intuitively be able to use a product a little more than this camera which is why I gave ease of use a 3/5. It's no flip, but it does more than flip. The battery is external and has a proprietary charger which drives me nuts. Why do they have to do that? Why can't it just be mini-usb? It's one of those old school chargers that looks like the old camcorder, or cell phone, battery chargers. To it's credit, however, it does have very good life so you shouldn't have to change it that often. As for quality, like I said, it is good, not great, but great for the price. It records at a data rate of around 6000kbps as opposed to about 13.5kbps for my Kodak which is a big reason for the increased quality of the Kodak. That may be the doubled FPS also. Once again, I didn't turn image stabilization off and shoot 720P in sunlight with the Insignia for an apples to apples comparison. But, what I wanted was 1080P in sunlight with image stabilization and the image quality is not as good. It has MUCH better low light quality than my Kodak. That is where this camera shines. One can control the type of light manually (sunlight, fluorescent, etc) or use auto. The auto is outstanding. There is no real degradation in quality for LIT nighttime shooting. Yes, you heard that right. Anyone who does a lot of shooting needs to listen to that. GREAT, LIT (not dark), indoor, nighttime quality. About the same as with the sun. That is amazing, especially for 130$. In summary, it depends on what you want. I want to zoom in to film my kids playing. It does this great, especially for the price. I have been shopping around for a while and, for this price range, and these features, nothing comes close. The closest I've seen for the features and quality is 300$ for items on sale. This is 300$MSRP and I got it for 130$ so, for that price, this is a 4/5 stars. Even for 170$ you should be happy with this camera. 300$ is too much. Buy a better camera on sale for that price.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
great price, with a few quirks you can live with
great price, with a few quirks you can live withPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
This was the 3rd camcorder I tried out, so by this time I had a good idea of what I wanted and didn't want in a camera. Here are the things I was looking for that this camera had: record in 1080 HD, good optical zoom (20x), high megapixel still camera (10MP), has LED light and flash for dark/interior shots, low price ($349), and image stabilization. This camcorder had all those features, but it was the features that it didn't have that in the end made me return it. The HD video is good quality, but it was the 10MP camera quality that was surprisingly poor. When I could get a non-blurry still photo, it was a great photo, but I'd estimate that 8 out of 10 photos came out blurry! Not that I claim to have a rock-steady hand, but I've never seen that in a camera before. Even if i tried my best to hold the camera perfectly still, the photo came out blurry most times. The optical zoom seemed adequate, but when zoomed in the "image stabilization" feature did not help at all. The LED light that I thought I had to have did not provide much light in low-light conditions, so that feature was useless. The flip-out screen could not be seen in very bright sunlight, so when I was taking pictures outside, I had to just point the camcorder in the right direction and hope that I was getting what I thought I was getting. The lens cover does not slide/flip open like on many camcorders, it is a removeable lens cover that hangs on a string and sometimes gets in the way when I'm recording little children or flowers or down a cliff/waterfall. When you first flip open the screen to turn the camera on, it takes a seemingly long time to boot up (OK, it's probably only 5-6 seconds). So that was a bit annoying when my wife would say "hey look at that! get a shot of that!", and by the time the camera was ready to record, the exciting, amazing spectacle had passed or the funny thing your kid was doing was no longer interesting to them. Finally, the battery has to come out of the camcorder to recharge in a separate charger (included). Although one could live with all these shortcomings for the low price, I decided I need a few more of what I thought were "automatic" features.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Sir, your Low cost HD awaits!
Sir, your Low cost HD awaits!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I needed a camera that was low cost but still capable of producing high quality video. This camera seemed to fit the bill pretty well. First off, if you have version 1.5 of this camcorder you need to do an update to ver 1.6 to experience what this camcorder can do. Pros: REAL HD video! 1. 3 inch display 2. touch screen 3. video stabilization 4. ability to shoot at 240fPS (video is small and dark, but great for high speed if you have a bright background) 5. cheap replacement batteries 6. nice and easy AVI or MOV format to edit straight from the camera 7. it just feels nice in your hand (it has weight) Cons: 1. This is not a low light camera. low light = bad video (the onboard light is not enough to illuminate a scene, so don't count on it for low light shooting) 2. menus seem cheap and underdeveloped 3. the recorded sound it some times low 4. not a lot of accessories for it (it would be nice to have a UV filter or fish eye for it) 5. battery only, there is no powering this by AC of your battery runs down.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Can't beat it for the money...
Can't beat it for the money...Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have a recent Sony camcorder with a hard drive, and I use a comparative Canon at my place of work. I bought the Insignia because of the low price for a Full HD. I read the previous 35 review and was amused to see which were disgruntled customers with higher than average expectations for an inexpensive camera, and which were obviously employees of Best Buy because of their defensive nature of the product. I'll say the camera is great for professional film making for two reasons. One is that it is inexpensive enough to own several of them to film numerous camera angles during a single shooting scene. The other reason is because of the feature that the little toggle or joy stick on the thumb control lets you change exposure and camera settings on the fly without complicated menus. I agree there are issues with the battery and I use my Sony for long filming sequences since I have the pregnant 4hr batt for it. The Canon Full HD has a same size battery but only last about an hour (a dissapointment) so I seldom use it. The cheesy menu on the insignia is actually nice since that is what frustrates me the most about the Sony - it has a convoluted menu and when I'm doing a shot I don't want to stop and open the menu and start going through a myriad of screens to find the toggle it need. The beauty of the insignia is that if you touch a feature icon on the touch screen it take you directly to the menu item related to it. That work for me. I look forward to using my insignia cameras (i have 4 total) to do dialogue shots, rolling shots, etc... I can actually mount one near each end of the dashboard and get cross shots of two passengers while driving. Or set up three tripods and get a conversation at a restaurant. I can also mount one outside ac ar and get a rolling shot of scenery. Then I can mount one on a stationary tripod on one on another vehicle to get different camera angles. As with all budget productions I'll have to do my shots at natural lighting level that suit the sophistication of the equipment, but honestly these cameras can turn any wanabee director into a pro for less than $1,000 - much less. And guess what if one camera gets dunked in water or falls after the 1 yr warranty ends - who cares it's less than $200 - not even worth getting insurance on it? The insignia flips are also a smoking deal and can be used on helmets, snowboards, skateboards, pets, you name it. TAPE a couple of these inexpensive cameras together to get video you can morph to 3D in Magix. The refurbished cameras are running about $30 to $50 right now. Every cinematography student should have a few.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Overall decent; a few problems
Overall decent; a few problemsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Really, it's not a bad value for the money. To get the features I complain about here, I would have had to spend twice as much money. The picture quality is nice, really! I shot my niece's wedding with this unit and the family was thrilled with the quality. The wedding was outdoors, during the afternoon. Indoors at night at the reception, the image quality wasn't as good in the low light, but what would you expect? There is no external audio-in jack, (but see my opening sentence for perspective). The first real problem: There is no external power connection, the unit runs off batteries, only. When you are trying to video longer events, you have to stop shooting, take the unit off the tripod, change (or charge) the battery, then put it back on the tripod and begin shooting again. I would highly recommend buying 2 or 3 spare batteries (you can get them cheap, online) to go along with your high-speed, high-capacity SD card. Your battery will run out long before your SD card will. The second problem: The zoom mechanism is too zoomy. The zoom is not smooth, and there is no slow zoom. Hit that zoom button and it ZOOMS! The third thing is I cannot find a way to change the file format of the camera. It shoots in WMV, which is fine, but I was under the impression that I could change to one of several file formats. It should be simple to find in the settings on the camera. Though I am a very technical and experienced video camera user, I cannot find settings to change this. If I am frustrated, I can imagine less experienced users would just give up. That's it. Hope this helps. For the money, you get quite a lot, but my "complaints" could be categorized as "nice to have" additions to this camera.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great for the price
Great for the pricePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've used this camcorder to record a friend's band and it gave great quality video in a darkened bar/ligthed stage setting. Static picture quality is not too good. Which is ok, that's not what I got this camcorder for. Overall, I've been pleased with it's performance. For $300, the high def video is very good. For the situations I've used it in, it's video performance exceeded my expectations.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.